The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida has sued the Lake County School Board again for its failure to respect the free-speech rights of students seeking to form a gay-straight alliance.
From the ACLU’s press release:
Today, on behalf of a group of students led by 12-year-old Hannah Faughnan, a seventh-grader from Leesburg, Florida, who have attempted to form a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) at their school, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida and the National ACLU brought a lawsuit against the School Board of Lake County. The lawsuit is the second this year brought by students at Carver Middle School challenging the School Board’s ongoing efforts to thwart students’ constitutionally-protected right to establish a GSA to combat bullying at their school.
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“Bullying has been a real problem for a lot of my friends here at Carver,” stated Hannah. “When the GSA got to meet last year, we talked about ideas to help make things better for everyone this school year. It’s frustrating that we haven’t been able to do anything yet, especially because other clubs have already been meeting but we have not been allowed to meet.”
I’ve written extensively about the GSA controversy in Lake County and will blog about it again soon. Below are some of my related posts.
- [2/13/14 Update with new post: Lake County School Board’s Misleading & Confused Court Filings Call GSA’s Anti-Bullying Efforts “Sexual” “Advocacy” (February 2014)]
- Lake County School District Still Failing to Protect LGBT Students & Their Allies (July 2013) (Popular post)
- Too Young to Be Straight? (May 2013) (Popular post)
- Gay-Straight Alliance Updates: Lake County (Victory!), Polk County (Victory) & Fort Worth (Progress!) (May 2013)
- Lake County School Board Member Questions 14-Year-Old Student’s Sexual Orientation (April 2013) (Popular post)
- After School Board Blocks Gay-Straight Alliance, Board Member Tells LGBT Youth Allies, “The Board Has Not Blocked the GSA.” (April 2013) (Popular post)